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Hand Washing Blessing (Netilat Yadayim) Audio

If you’re up for it, there is an opportunity between the rituals of sanctification (wine blessing - Kiddush) and nourishment (challah blessing - Motzi), to invite your guests to get up. The practice of hand [...]
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Wine Blessing (Kiddush) Audio

Pretty much all Jewish ceremonies and celebrations involve wine, and Shabbat dinner is no exception. But ritual doesn’t exist for the sake of itself, it exists to accomplish something, almost like an ancient form of [...]
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Blessing Over Bread (Motzi) Audio

In the ancient near east, if there wasn’t bread on the table it wasn’t a meal, and as a result the Jewish sages viewed bread as the primary source of nourishment, both literally and spiritually. [...]
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Candle Lighting (Hadlakat Nerot) Audio

In Jewish tradition, lighting candles at sundown on Friday is the last act of the workweek, the literal spark that carries us into the weekend. While you will find no verse in the Torah instructing [...]
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